Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.
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This subject is not offered in 2015.
|Time Commitment:||Contact Hours: 23 hours. 7 x 3 hour Legal Theory Workshops and 2 x 1 hour Student Workshops over the course of a semester. |
Total Time Commitment:
Study Period Commencement:
November, Semester 2
|Recommended Background Knowledge:||None|
|Non Allowed Subjects:||None|
|Core Participation Requirements:||
The Melbourne Law School welcomes applications from students with disabilities. It is University and Law School policy to take all reasonable steps to enable the participation of students with disabilities, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the School's programs.
The inherent academic requirements for the study in the Melbourne Law School are:
Students must possess behavioural and social attributes that enable them to participate in a complex learning environment. Students are required to take responsibility for their own participation and learning. They also contribute to the learning of other students in collaborative learning environments, demonstrating interpersonal skills and an understanding of the needs of other students. Assessment may include the outcomes of tasks completed in collaboration with other students.
Students who feel their disability will prevent them from participating in tasks involving these inherent academic requirements are encouraged to contact the Disability Liaison Unit: www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability/.
Melbourne Law School Student Centre
Tel: +61 3 8344 4475
This subject is intended for advanced JD students who are interested in pursuing academic careers in law and who want to learn more about legal scholarship and academic legal research. It will expose students to current debates in legal scholarship and introduce them to the process of producing scholarly work at a professional level. Students will learn how to critically and constructively assess academic works in progress, and develop their own ideas about particular debates, topics, and methods of inquiry in legal scholarship. Students will be expected to demonstrate skills and knowledge acquired in a series of 'response papers' that comment on/critique the works in progress under examination. Response papers will form the basis of assessment for the subject.
Students will meet with the subject coordinator 9 times over the course of the semester. There are two kinds of meetings students will be required to attend: those held concurrently with the regularly scheduled meeting of the MLS Legal Theory Workshop ("on" weeks); and Student Workshop meetings held during weeks when there is no Legal Theory Workshop meeting scheduled ("off" weeks).
The MLS Legal Theory Workshop is a works-in-progress discussion forum for faculty and research higher degree students, which meets twice a month. Each Workshop meeting features an unpublished article from a guest author, circulated and read in advance by workshop participants. Workshop guests regularly include distinguished legal scholars from across Australia and overseas. Topics vary depending on the guest and her or his particular area of scholarly expertise and interest, but cover a wide range of issues in legal theory, broadly defined. Past guest paper topics have included:
During "on" weeks, students will meet for one hour before the MLS Legal Theory Workshop meeting to discuss student response papers and the Workshop guest's paper. After that hour is over, students will attend the 2 hour Workshop meeting.
In addition, during two "off" weeks, students will meet for one hour with the subject coordinator to discuss topics related to legal scholarship and academia. This may include meeting to discuss supplementary or background materials depending on guest paper topics and student interests.
A student who has successfully completed this subject will have an advanced understanding of, and be able to critically analyse, and reflect on:
|Breadth Options:|| |
This subject is not available as a breadth subject.
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On completion of the subject students should have developed and demonstrated skills in the following areas:
Details on quota subject selection are available on the JD website.
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